Kathi Sollars takes the podium with her sister Christina Rosborough looking on during the induction of their father, Gary Cox, at Saturday night’s PHS Hall of Fame event. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

PHS Hall of Fame inducts its inaugural class

Gary Cox, Shirley Lagestee, Trisha Stevens, Terry and Kevin Boss, Woody Bennett, 1986-87 girls basketball and 1988 football among evening’s honorees

With photographs of Gary Cox projected on the auditorium wall above and behind her, Kathi Sollars shared an emotion-filled speech that illustrated the importance that Philomath High athletics held in his 30-year run as a teacher, coach and athletic director. The 300 people in Philomath High’s auditorium on Saturday night…

Jeannette Miller Mickenham as Patsy Cline

Community theater debuts this week in Philomath

In a way, Jeannette Miller Mickenham and Patsy Cline go way back. Mickenham, a Philomath resident and a mid-valley community theater fixture, recalls taking road trips with her father, Robert Miller, with Cline’s classic country hits playing on the car…

Retiring flag at 2021 flag-placement ceremony

Special ceremony at cemetery to honor military, peace officers

A ceremony in recognition of Armed Forces Day and Peace Officers Memorial Day that also serves as a flag-placement event preceding Memorial Day will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Mount Union Cemetery in Philomath. Organizers invite the…

New bicycle with accessories

Ten-year-old’s mom: ‘She’s just not one to stay down’

Ten-year-old Kalei Rynearson let out a squeal of delight when she realized what the Philomath Police Department had brought to her house late Monday afternoon. It was a new bicycle, complete with a new helmet and some cool accessories to…

Linn-Benton Community College campus

Q-and-A: LBCC answers questions on bond measure

With the approval of a bond measure by voters on the May 17 ballot, Linn-Benton Community College plans to build a new agricultural center that would allow an expansion of the school’s training capabilities in areas such as animal sciences,…

Rep. Dan Rayfield

Willamette Valley Legislative Fellowship opens application process for 2022

Rep. Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) plans to again administer the bi-annual Willamette Valley Legislative Fellowship this coming fall, the House speaker’s office recently announced. The fellowship is a paid 11-week program that provides fellows with unique opportunities to gain practical campaign…

A bronze plaque to recognize a remarkable life

On a rainy early afternoon this past weekend at Mount Union Cemetery, a good-sized crowd gathered around the grave marker of R.E. Ficklin to witness a ceremony that featured the dedication of a bronze plaque. A farmer and landowner in…

Philomath Arbor Day celebration

Philomath, Kings Valley schoolchildren talk trees on Arbor Day

Philomath third graders and Kings Valley kindergarteners took advantage of an opportunity to get outdoors on Friday with a trip to the city’s Public Works yard for a special Arbor Day celebration. In future years, some of the kids in…

Independent School

A step back into Benton County’s past

Benton County will celebrate Historic Preservation Month throughout May with a series of special events, including a handful of tours in the Philomath vicinity. A collaborative effort by the county and Corvallis historic resources commission, each event is free and…

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